How can you care for yourself at home?
- Wash the tattoo with clean water 2 times a day. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing.
- You may cover the tattoo with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a nonstick bandage.
- Apply more petroleum jelly and replace the bandage as needed.
Similarly one may ask, can an infected tattoo heal on its own?
“If not treated, infections typically do not resolve on their own,” says Dr. Zeichner. “They can grow in size and become quite large and tender. As with any skin infection, in severe cases bacteria can enter your bloodstream and actually become life-threatening.”
Additionally, what causes a tattoo to get infected?
Your tattoo can get infected for a variety of reasons, including contaminated tools. That’s why it’s important to find an artist and a facility you trust. Dirty tools can pass bacterial infections like staph and impetigo from person to person. Contaminated ink can cause atypical mycobacterial infections.
What does an infected tattoo look like?
The most common symptom of a tattoo infection is a rash or red, bumpy skin around the area where you have the tattoo. In some cases, your skin may just be irritated because of the needle, especially if you have sensitive skin. If this is the case, your symptoms should fade after a few days.
Other signs of a properly healing tattoo
- pink or red skin at the site and surrounding area (not a widespread rash)
- slight inflammation that doesn’t extend outside the tattoo.
- mild itchiness.
- peeling skin.
Neosporin isn’t the best choice for new tattoos. While you are healing a new skin wound, Neosporin is designed for minor cuts, burns, and scrapes only — not tattoos. Triple antibiotic ointments don’t offer the moisture needed for tattoos to heal, nor do they allow the skin to breathe.
Tattoo blowouts occur when a tattoo artist presses too hard when applying ink to the skin. The ink is sent below the top layers of skin where tattoos belong. Below the skin’s surface, the ink spreads out in a layer of fat.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
There are some things you can do to speed up the healing process.
- Wear sunscreen. Sunlight can cause your tattoo to fade, and fresh tattoos are especially sensitive to the sun. …
- Don’t re-bandage after you take off the initial dressing. …
- Clean daily. …
- Apply ointment. …
- Don’t scratch or pick. …
- Avoid scented products.
Based on published surveys, between 0.5% and 6% of the people with a tattoo experienced infectious complications after being tattooed (2– 6). Considering the increasing numbers of tattooed people, tattooing may thus represent a significant public health risk (7, 8).